Madang district will have better independence celebration next year

Source: LoopPNG

Minister for Petroleum and Energy and Member for Madang has pledged K200,000 for next year Independence celebration in Madang District.

Minister Duban said this on Thursday while commenting on the need for people to celebrate independence in a true Madang way.

Duban said next year Madang District Development Authority (MDDA) will put K200,000 for independence celebration to bring together the people of Madang district from three three LLG’s Ambenob, MULLG and Transgogol.

He said next year will be bigger and better and people will celebrate in a true Madang way and with music, traditional and singsing festival.

He said this year the Kalibobo mini show at Madang Rotary Park on September 16 has brought crowd all over Madang town and next year will be bigger and better with another K100,000 added on top.

Duban thanked the people of Madang to celebrate this Independence peacefully without major incidents and problems.

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Town Mayor raises issues on hygiene

Source: LoopPNG

The growth in informal markets in Madang town area is posing a big treat to Health and hygiene of people who resides in Madang town.

Madang Town Mayor Joe Yama revealed this in a press conference on Thursday in Madang Urban LLG Chamber.

Yama said the Madang town Authority understands the needs of the people and are allocating certain areas in the 10 wards of Madang Urban for informal markets with certain conditions that people sell only approved items and be mindful of their rubbish.

He said however, vendors resort to sell whatever they want and keep on throwing rubbish anywhere they want which is not right and against the set rules.

Yama says MULLG always get the blame for increase in illegal activities and law and order problems but most of this activities are caused by people who know the rules yet continue to break it.

He said MULLG know that some vendors depend entirely on the income earn form the money collected from selling goods and services on the market but rules must be respected.

He added that MULLG will monitor and see all the informal markets and those who cannot comply will be deal with accordingly.

He stressed that health and hygiene is very important and people must take care of their own rubbish by putting it in appropriate rubbish bin to be collected.

US company plans to build assembly line in Madang

Source: LoopPNG

A bomb shell was literally dropped on Friday, Sept 9 during the Madang Investment Summit when Powerplus, a global manufacturer of construction equipment announced that it would build one of its assembly lines (factory) in Madang.

The announcement by Powerplus General Manager and Director, Gerard Lau, was a huge shock to the summit organizers as well as the Madang business community and the provincial government leaders.

Lau had earlier during his Company’s presentation at the summit clarified that Powerplus through a series of transformations, from a construction equipment and spare parts supplier established since 1973 had evolved to be a global manufacturer of construction equipment in 2001.

Following his announcement, Lau went on to say that the company’s outlook for the Pacific region was to establish Powerplus Pacific Limited in Madang.

He said the assembly based in Madang has already had land area identified along the north coast road measuring  10,000 to 50,000 square metres and will cater for sales and marketing.

The area will also cater for technical development and training centre and parts and services.

Lau did not elaborate on the cost of setting up the plant and when work would commence however, he said the factory would employ up to 500 people during full scale operation.

The best-selling products for the factory in Madang would be for wheel loader, Excavator, Bull dozer, agricultural tractor, motor grader, backhoe, truck, forklift, crane (Crawler/truck/tower), plant (Concrete/Asphalt/Stone)

He said from the Madang factory the company would looking to exports to emerging markets in the Pacific covering Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand    , East Timor Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Tonga.

He said Powerplus Group Inc. was incorporated in the United States 2001.

Its market game changer and brand influence was through its supply of spare parts to the US army for its mission in the Gulf War and in Afganistan.

“Powerplus offers an extensive and comprehensive range of construction equipment – an integrated solution to serve various-r construction needs,” Lau said.

The company’s international headquarter is Located in Powerplus Building – Singapore, where it houses: global Product Distribution; global Supply Chain, showroom, training Facility, eengineering Team and Spare Parts Depot.

Powerplus harness the best of American, European and Japanese technology  and is Positioned as a middle to high-end brand manufacturer.

Currently, Powerplus Group is represented in more than 100 countries, and is a brand that has won world-wide recognition.

Its global presence of distributors and dealers spread across 100 countries across six continents.

Lau said Powerplus strives to be the best alternative to market leaders and aspires to be household brand in the construction equipment and road-making machinery industry.

Double murder in Madang

On the 05/09/16 around 1800hrs, unrest in Madang resulting from an ethnic clash at a settlement along Madang’s North Coast Highway known as Bilia Maus Rot. A fight was instigated in retaliation to the double murder of male and female Savalon Security Service employees on Saturday 3rd Sept. 2016 at a garden in the vicinity of Bilia Maus Rot. Armed settlers from the compound are defending against the attack from the people at Marap camp, Wagol settlement. Situation was tense, and police were monitoring the situation. The Madang Provincial Police Commander and his police officers approached the two community leaders that morning to let police handle the situation but high tensions between the two ethnic groups erupted into another clash later in the afternoon after police had left the scene.DMurder

It appeared that the suspects were after the woman. The deceased man tried to defend himself and his female counterpart but was over powered and killed. The suspects then abducted the woman and raped her multiple times before killing her; ultimately to stop any disclosure of the incident. The one thing they failed to do was hide the bodies which were discovered the next day in a garden, in the vicinity of Billia Maus rot and 26 bustop roundabout, next to a block of land where three recently constructed houses were situated.

Women from the settlement covered the deceased female in cloth and carried her out to the public to identify. Meanwhile, the deceased male counterpart was identified as Edward Kami who resides in a neighbouring settlement known as Wagol; who is from a mixed parentage of Sepik, Karkar in Madang and the deceased female was identified as a woman from Haven village also in Madang. Both were security guards with Savilon security services and they were killed on Saturday night.

Police and serious crimes investigation units attended to the double homicide case to find out what really went on that fateful evening. More than seven houses were burned and several people injured.  Police have not yet confirmed the number of houses that have been destroyed in the fighting.

Public transport has been affected with parents withdrawing their children from school. Provincial Police Commander, Jacob Singura is now calling on parties involved to refrain from fighting and handover the suspects. The suspects have been rounded up by Police and brought in for questioning.

Law and Order is on the rise in Madang. Something needs to be seriously done and soon. All these deaths and retaliations don’t just affect the victims or the perpetrators but also the Madang community at large. We are all affected when roads are blocked because of such fighting.   These pose a challenge to Madang people as well as other occupants within the province. What are the causes of these issues?

Maybe it is time now to take these matters into consideration in order to alleviate or completely put a stop to such activities by engaging possible alternatives.

#MSW_SettlementWatch Appeal to the travelling public along North Coast Road at the 26 roundabout and Bilia Maus Rot to be alert and report any incidents to the police. Contact: Madang Police Station 422 3233 or 422 3243 or text to 7 922 0023. Modilon Hospital 422 2022

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UPNG Madang students receive K50,000 from Duban

Source: Looppng.com

50 self-sponsored University of Papua New Guinea students in Madang are set to return to Port Moresby, thanks to Madang MP Nixon Duban.

Duban, who is also the Petroleum and Energy Minister, today met with the UPNG and Divine Word University Madang students and presented them cheques of K50,000 and K10,000 respectively.

“The K10,000 was for the DWU Madang Students Association to host their Madang Day later this year,” UPNG Madang student Len-Desiree Mandie told Loop PNG.

“Before the presentation there was a small reconciliation ceremony between the UPNG MSA and Mr Duban,” said Mandie.

“The UPNG MSA apologised to Mr Duban for their actions and some words that were spoken during the awareness period in May. And they expressed their gratitude to him for showing support and helping the students despite what happened between them during the awareness.”

The UPNG MSA presented a bilum and a live pig to Duban to show their respect and prove how sorry they were.

Since priority was given to Madang district, the first 18 students there received their tickets. They will be flying out starting Tuesday morning.

The presentation and reconciliation ceremony was held at the DWU Kibung Area.

Mangrove replanting in SI and PNG

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WWF with support from the Australian Government’s overseas aid program managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has been working with communities and local government in Manus Province and Madang Lagoon in Papua New Guinea and in Gizo (capital of Western Province in Solomon Islands) to plant and rehabilitate mangroves. By doing so we will be conserving biodiversity, enhancing climate change resilience and disaster risk reduction in these coastal communities, with the aim to improve livelihoods of these coastal communities. WWF Programmes

I caught up with Turamunij Merrick on Facebook and discovered that Mangrove nursery was erected over the weekend by the local villagers at Ulingan, Madang, Papua New Guinea and some planting have already taken place at the bay inlet. Picture courtesy of  Turamunj Merrick Facebook .

 

PERCEPTION OF HOUSING & LIFE STYLE IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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While we dream of owning our home outright, it’s the mortgage that’s become the biggest burden.

For most low to middle class Papua New Guineans like myself; the huge cost of living, low wages, difficulties of accessibility to goods and services and struggling to make ends meet day in and day out with little room for leisure, is the biggest burden and home ownership through legitimate processes, is of little value compared to food and security that would be more of a priority then home ownership.

In Australia, according to a research by Australian Superannuation MLC, the perception of a comfortable lifestyle had shifted significantly upwards in recent decades, the Australia today reported. MLC’s research shows that the new Australian dream is paying off the mortgage with almost 80% of Australians placing outright home ownership as their most important priority.

The perception that urbanized Papua New Guineans have is that if you live in the city/town your social grade is higher than one coming from a village in the rural area. In fact this is totally bogus and untrue considering the regular cost of electricity, water, rent and communication put up with in the city/town. Most urban dwellers live on the outskirts in cramped housing, illegal settlements and compounds usually infested with criminal elements is in my opinion a social downgrade.

Someone living in a permanent building as opposed to someone living in a “bush material” house or house made from bio-degradable material would be of higher standing within the Low to middle class people of Papua New Guinea. More Papua New Guineans in the rural areas are flocking into the urban outskirts to find jobs and opportunity to improve lifestyle and living standards but end up consorting to the norm of living in settlements on the outskirts of the city/town. Some fortunate enough to have friends, relatives or tribal clansman “Wantok” living in suitable housing within the city/town over time become a liability and a burden to the home owners.

However, I hope that this article will somehow change the mind set of the dilemma that urbanized Papua New Guineans who live in the city/town mostly the percentage occupying settlements on state land have of a perceived lifestyle that is better than living in the village.

With a demonstrated change in mindset and an adjustment to the conventional low to middle class standards of housing and lifestyle, the average Papua New Guinean in the village whether employed or unemployed can live their dream. One of the most positive methods I have witnessed is getting involved in Groups, Associations, Cooperate Societies and do business in Agriculture & Livestock. Now we have Micro-banks like Mibank and National Development Bank that have credit schemes designed to address the lack of access to credit by small enterprises in Papua New Guinea to start up and develop business and money making. It just takes hard work and commitment and this would be the stepping stone. Having and demonstrating a mindset of an island resort home or home in a eco-tourism environment, an ecofriendly lifestyle and off grid living with all the modern conveniences of solar electricity and water purification methods in place, you’re on your way to a healthy lifestyle and this in my opinion is home ownership without mortgage.

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*Wantok Literally translated from Pidgin wantok means “one talk”, but in reality like most pidgin words it’s definition encompasses a wide scope. Wantok is a term used to denote anyone who is from your family or anyone who is a close, or sometimes not so close, friend.